Conservative MP, North West Hampshire , 8 May 2015 –
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Kit Malthouse: I as well as the Minister for London, would be happy to discuss the regeneration of Silvertown Quays. I have asked officials to liaise with their counterparts in the Greater London Authority and the Local Economic Action Partnership to understand these plans in the first instance.
Kit Malthouse: The English Housing Survey includes information on the presence of five electrical safety features: modern PVC wiring, modern earthing, modern consumer unit casing, miniature circuit breakers and residual current devices. The latest English Housing Survey stock condition report was published 12 July this year and is available at- https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-housing-sur...
Kit Malthouse: As of 12 July, 2018, fourteen publicly-owned buildings (including schools and hospitals) have failed large-scale system tests on their cladding systems. One building has now completed the remediation process, including removal and replacement of its aluminium composite material cladding. The other building owners are working with the relevant fire and rescue service and other specialists to...
Kit Malthouse: The latest data available was published on 12 July 2018. Of the 159 social sector buildings that have combinations of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding and insulation judged to have failed the large-scale tests 114 or 72 per cent have started the process of remediation. Of these, 13 buildings have finished remediation. Of the 301 private sector residential buildings with cladding...
Kit Malthouse: The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced changes to local authority tenancies by making it mandatory for most new council tenancies to be for a fixed term however this has not yet been implemented. Next steps will be set out shortly.
Kit Malthouse: The Department published revised Building Control Performance Standards that included the right to ask for inspection records on its website and issued guidance to building control bodies in April 2017 on responding to such requests.
Kit Malthouse: Section 185 of the Localism Act 2011 amends Schedule 14 of the Housing Act 2004 to exempt fully mutual housing co-operatives from mandatory houses in multiple occupation licensing, this section does not apply to selective licensing. The Government has not issued guidance to local authorities on a) exemptions or b) the application of selective licensing on fully mutual housing co-operatives....
Kit Malthouse: Dame Judith Hackitt’s review recommended that test methods and standards should be regularly reviewed in order to drive continuous improvement. The Government has invited views on the Dame Judith’s findings and recommendations, and will set out an implementation plan in the autumn.
Kit Malthouse: ...of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Department does not hold information centrally on the staff time or costs taken to prepare the consultation or carry out the review. Dame Judith Hackitt chaired the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety on a pro bono basis – she was not remunerated and only received reimbursement for exceptional travel expenses.
Kit Malthouse: Since 2010, we have delivered over 378,000 new affordable homes, including 129,000 for social rent. We are investing over £9 billion in the affordable homes programme to deliver over a quarter of a million new affordable homes, including at least a further 12,500 for social rent.
Kit Malthouse: I will be more than happy—in fact, it would be a pleasure—to meet the National Trust.
Kit Malthouse: New homes should be built out as soon as possible once planning permission is granted, and under this Government net additional dwellings are at their highest since 2007-08. We are building on progress made so far by revising the national planning policy framework and diversifying the market to increase the pace of development, and I have commissioned my right hon. Friend the Member for West...
Kit Malthouse: A total of 128,317 first-time buyer households have purchased a home through a Help to Buy equity loan from its launch in April 2013 to December 2017. Some 69,000 first-time buyers have benefited from stamp duty relief between its introduction in the autumn Budget 2017 and the end of March 2018.
Kit Malthouse: Home ownership has been stable over the past four years at about 63%. The right to buy has helped more than 86,000 council tenants into home ownership since 2012, under the reinvigorated scheme. This summer we launch a major pilot of the voluntary right to buy for housing association tenants.
Kit Malthouse: We are determined to crack down on the small number of rogue landlords—that includes banning the most serious offenders from letting properties. The database of rogue landlords and property agents supports local authority enforcement action. We have committed to requiring private landlords to join a mandatory redress scheme.
Kit Malthouse: I am hesitant to anticipate the release of the new planning framework that will be released, hopefully, shortly, but the hon. Lady will know that there is significant commitment by this Government to the green belt and, when that plan emerges, I will be more than happy to have a conversation with her about her plans.
Kit Malthouse: All solar panels fitted to domestic properties must comply with safety regulations. The Building Regulations would apply to any solar / photovoltaic panels fitted to a domestic property. Part P of the Building Regulations states that reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations, including protection from fire and injury. In order to be eligible...
Kit Malthouse: The Department does not hold information on tenant requests to remove solar panels.
Kit Malthouse: The Government is aware of some previously reported incidents of fires involving photovoltaic panels / solar panels and that is why we commissioned the Building Research Establishment in 2015 to conduct a study on this issue. The interim findings of this study were published in July 2017 and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-incidents-in volving-solar-panels
Kit Malthouse: We intend to publish the Social Housing Green Paper shortly.